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National Gardening Week 2023

National Gardening Week is an annual celebration of gardening and horticulture in the United Kingdom. It is typically held in the last week of April or the first week of May and is organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). The event aims to encourage people to get involved in gardening, whether they are experienced gardeners or complete beginners.

This year, the RHS are celebrating His Majesty King Charles III and his love of horticulture in particular. He is a champion of the environment and has a well-known passion for gardening and planting projects. We invite you to plant something in your garden this year to celebrate and mark the Coronation of King Charles III.

Here are a few ideas of how you could get involved this year.

1. Plant a tree or ornamental shrub

A much-loved way of marking a commemorative occasion that will last for generations to come. Whilst trees are best planted from October to March, it is still possible to plant a container tree at other times of year and, as long as you tend to it carefully over the coming months, your tree will thrive for years to come. Or how about a lovely specimen shrub that would make a wonderful commemorative plant?

2. Get planting

It doesn't have to be a special tree though. National Gardening Week is about getting out into the garden and making the most of whatever space you have. So, maybe this year is the year for you to try and grow some of your own soft fruit, or plant a new hedge. There are plenty of beautiful plants that will add a pop of colour and make a wonderful difference to your outside space.

3. Visit a garden

Lots of beautiful gardens are open to the public to enjoy, so why not use this week as an excuse to visit a new one. Maybe you'll get some ideas and inspiration for your own garden. Some of these lovely gardens also hold courses, talks and workshops across a wide range of gardening topics.

Here are a few places you can find out about places local to you.

4. Get involved with a Community Garden

If you're interested in getting involved in a spot of community gardening, there are a number of groups, schools, local council initiatives and more that give you this wonderful opportunity. So if you're passionate about plants and like to work with other people, get involved.

A great resource to find out more is the RHS.

Whatever you choose to do this week, getting outside in nature is always good for your mental health and well-being so enjoy yourselves and have a happy gardening week.


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